2nd April 2009
West Midlands police launch gay crime survey 3
10:43 AM — West Midlands police have set up an online survey to ask LGBT people to contribute their views on their safety and how they feel police respond to hate crimes.
Exclusive: Gay couple barred from entering slimming competition 24
10:30 AM — A gay couple who joined Slimming World have been barred from entering the company's annual Mr & Mrs competition. Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner of 19 years joined the weight loss scheme in November 2007.
1st April 2009
Policeman jailed over underage gay sex 22
3:13 PM — A former PC who was a lesbian and gay liasion officer has been jailed for two and a half years for sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy. Mark Brigham, 38, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, met the 15-year-old at a party in August. The teenager's family had asked Brigham to give him advice as he had just come out.
ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper investigated for ‘transphobic’ comments 7
1:39 PM — Ofcom has received more than 50 complaints about an episode of ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper over alleged transphobia. The complaints focus on an episode aired on 20th March, in which trans character Georgina was mocked by other characters.
BBC introduces five-minute ‘gay delay’ to avoid causing offence 26
9:38 AM — The BBC is to implement a new 'gay delay' system which will prevent presenters from landing in hot water over 'homophobic' jokes. Last week, an Ofcom ruling found Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles in breach of the Broadcasting Code over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.
31st March 2009
Man denies raping lesbian student 8
3:32 PM — A 19-year-old lesbian was raped by a man after a night out, a court heard today. The student, described as "petite", was returning home from a concert in London with her partner and a friend in the early hours of the morning.
Home and Away: ‘We didn’t censor lesbian kiss’ 3
2:37 PM — Channel Seven has confirmed that a lesbian kiss scheduled to be aired today has not been censored, despite reports to the contrary. The drama, which is broadcast in the UK on Five has received complaints from Christian groups and seen Australian ratings drop as a result of its lesbian storyline.
BNP use Jesus for new ads 79
11:45 AM — The British National Party is using a picture of Jesus in its latest advertising campaign, saying that Christian leaders are 'shunning the word of God' on issues such as sodomy.
LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13
10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
30th March 2009
Equality watchdog under pressure as three executives quit 1
9:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, has lost its chief executive and two commissioners in the last week. Nicola Brewer, the chief executive, has left to begin a new job, although her new position has not yet been disclosed.
Gay firefighter ‘killed himself after 15 years of bullying at work’ 6
4:36 PM — A man is seeking damages from a fire service after his civil partner killed himself after allegedly suffering 15 years of homophobic bullying and harassment at work. The man, who cannot be named, committed suicide on January 28th, days before his hearing was due to start.
Bishop of Rochester to resign 14
1:19 PM — The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has announced his intention to resign from his post to help Christians living in Islamic areas. The bishop, who has been outspoken on the topic of homosexuality, is 59 and was expected to serve until the age of 70.
27th March 2009
Radio 1 controller warns Chris Moyles to obey broadcasting rules 11
6:20 PM — BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt today said DJ Chris Moyles must obey broadcasting rules if he is to keep his job. The presenter was judged to have breached Ofcom regulations earlier this week over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.
Comment: Let education dissolve gay myths 12
5:31 PM — Suran Dickson, a London teacher, argues that education is the key to dispelling homophobia and dealing with the hangover of Section 28.
‘High number’ of gay and bisexual domestic violence victims in Northern Ireland 8
2:09 PM — The gay and bisexual community in Northern Ireland is suffering from disproportionate rates of domestic violence, an official report has claimed. The paper, published this week by the Northern Ireland Policing Board, concluded that a high percentage of those experiencing domestic violence are gay or bisexual men and women.
Comment: I’m not hungry – Gay men and eating disorders 8
12:16 PM — Omar Hassan examines eating disorders in the gay community and explores issues such as peer pressure, low self-esteem and how the gay press presents beauty.
HIV rates in gay men still at high levels 21
10:22 AM — Around 7,370 new HIV diagnoses were made in the UK last year, according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency. Thirty-eight per cent of all new diagnoses were probably acquired through sex with men.
26th March 2009
MP blames AIDS on ‘promiscuous men’ 28
11:36 PM — A Tory MP has said the "true case" of HIV/AIDS is "sexually promiscuous" men in developing countries. Speaking during Commons question time on Wednesday, Gary Streeter, the MP for Devon south-west added that there was more to the fight against the disease than access to drugs and condoms.
Elton John drops his legal case with the Guardian over spoof diary 5
7:13 PM — Gay icon Sir Elton John has dropped his libel claim against the Guardian over a spoof diary that joked he held fundraising events in order to meet celebrities.
Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend ‘phoned co-defendant repeatedly before attack’
7:01 PM — A Staines man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire allegedly bombarded his co-defendant with phone calls in the weeks leading up to the attack, a court has heard.